VA Holiday Travel: Overall, highest in a decade

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - On the road, along the rails or in the air, however you're going, expect heavy traffic on this busy travel day. Overall, AAA Mid-Atlantic expects holiday travel in Virginia to be the highest it's been in a decade.

2.7 million Virginians will travel 50 miles or more from home for the year-end holiday season -- that's a one percent increase compared to those who traveled one year ago. Nearly 150,000 Virginias are expected to take to the skies to reach their holiday destination.

The Moore family is ready to roll. They're looking forward to taking off and landing in the sunshine state.

"We're going to Disney World for Christmas. It looks like it's going to be smooth. I don't think we'll have any problems getting there," said Shelly Moore.

According AAA air travel is down by 10% this holiday season for two reasons.

"There's less capacity on planes and airfare is up by 21%. So it costs a lot more this year to fly," said Martha Meade, Spokesperson for AAA Mid-Atlantic.

The higher prices didn't stop Gwen Kaplan and her family from flying home to Richmond.

"It was very efficient. Everything was on time -- we made it back in time for Santa Clause," said Kaplan.

Most travelers will take to the roads.

Nearly 2.5 million Virginians will drive to their holiday destination. Including Tony Bessette.

"I'm thinking of taking I-85 and  I'm worried about the roads being crowded. I live downtown so I don't drive much," said Bessette.

On Christmas eve Bessette will head to North Carolina to spend time with his brother.

"I'm just going to hope for the best and get on the road and go," he added.

There is good news -- gas prices are dropping. The bad news -- gas prices are still higher now compared to the same time period last year.

Travelers say they'll go the extra mile to be with loved ones for the holidays.

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